COLUMBIA — The Fort Mill Yellow Jackets ended up near the bottom at the 2013 state cross-country meet, finishing 18th of 20 teams Saturday.
Fort Mill only had a boys’ squad representing the Jackets at the state meet.
Head coach Terrance Herrington had high hopes coming into the meet.
“They are in peak shape,” he said. “At the Region (III-AAAA) meet, we showed we were where we needed to be.”
However, after the race started, Fort Mill started dropping back to eventual winner Mauldin.
Without injured top runner Matthew Case for most of the season, other runners have had to step up to perform.
On Saturday, that was junior Jeremy Ricks. Ricks led Fort Mill with a 44th place finish in 16:58. Fellow junior Mitchell Scholten finished 95th in 17:37 for Fort Mill, followed two spots later by sophomore David Trotter with nearly the identical time of also 17:37.
Senior Grant Hendrickson finished 104th at 17:47 and freshman Zach Brugh ended the scoring for Fort Mill finishing 127th in 18:19.
Having to push themselves throughout the season, left little reserve in the tank for Fort Mill.
“We hadn’t been running healthy all year and today it caught up with us,” Herrington said.
Herrington is in his first year with the Jackets cross-country program.
“We have got to get some new boys back in the ranks. It is very competitive in the state and they did a good job training all year,” he said.
Although only the top five finishers scores counted, sophomore Cameron Smith came in sixth for Fort Mill with a 138th place finish in 18:42 and senior Clay Pratt, who got sick pushing himself during the race, finished 141st in 18:44.
Rock Hill had the best finish for any local team with a seventh place finish. South Pointe finished 12th.
Neither the boys’ nor or girls’ teams from Nation Ford qualified for the event.